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|Public or Private:||Public|
|Federal Circuit:||Fourth Circuit|
|Head of Institution:||President W. Taylor Reveley, IV
201 High Street
Farmville, VA 23909
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On this page, FIRE has excerpted policies that address speech and expression. You may download the full policy in .pdf form, below.
Restrictions on Expressive Rights
Harassment Policies (Learn More)
Student Handbook: Code of Conduct Standards and Regulations 13-14
disciplinary probation. ... Harassment, threats, intimidation, coercion or abuse (e.g., physical, verbal, graphic, or
electronic) directed toward any person or group of people.
Student Handbook: Sexual Misconduct Policy 13-14
favors, or visual, verbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: (1) submission to such
conduct is made a term or condition of employment or the educational relationship; (2)
submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as a basis for employment or education
decisions affecting the individual; or (3) such conduct has the effect of unreasonably interfering
with a student’s or employee’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or
offensive working, educational, or living environment. While sexual harassment encompasses a
wide range of conduct, some examples of specifically prohibited conduct include: ... Engaging in sexually suggestive conversation or physical contact or touching another
student or employee.
Sexual Harassment Policy 13-14
subtle or overt pressure intended to induce sexual favors;
unwanted physical contact such as patting, pinching, brushing or otherwise touching in a sexually suggestive manner;
disparaging sexual remarks about one's gender;
lewd remarks, whistles, or sexual innuendoes; or
offensive sexual graffiti.
Free Speech Zones
Student Handbook: Distribution of Written Materials, Outdoor Speeches, Marches and Demonstrations Policy 13-14
magazines, posters, flyers, billboards, and other materials which are protected by the First
Amendment may be distributed on a person-to-person basis on the Lankford Mall between
the hours of 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., Monday - Friday, when school is in session. This space must
be reserved a minimum of five (5) business days in advance ....
demonstrations is the Lankford Mall which is a primary crossway on the campus and will
consist of the patio and the surrounding area located on the south side of the Student
Union. ... A request for use of this area must be made
a minimum of five (5) business days in advance of the event. All structures, signs, and
litter resulting from the activity must be removed from the area by the end of the event.
Groups or individuals may only use those designated areas once per month and for a
maximum period of two days.
Internet Usage Policies
Student Handbook: Acceptable Use of Technology Policy 13-14
Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
Student Handbook: Statement of Student Academic Freedom 13-14
development of citizen leaders for the common good. Since the search for truth requires the free
exchange of ideas, the University protects the right of students to engage in unhampered
academic inquiry and exposition.
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The speech codes and policies above were last fully checked via internet and other research means by FIRE in November 2013. According to FIRE’s research the substantive policies are current at least until this date. Directory information, including the name of the president of the college or university, may have been updated more recently. If any policy has been revised, or if you believe that we are in error, please contact us.